10. July 2010 · Comments Off on Opera San José @ the Willow Glen Public Library · Categories: Opera, Photos

Today I headed over to the Willow Glen Public Library to hear some Opera San José singers. First we met the singers and pianist. In this photo I think Larry is introducing the pianist, the wonderful Veronika Agranov-Dafoe:

Opera San Jose Singers & Larry Hancock

Here is our new soprano, Jouvanca Jean-Baptist Llorca. (I’m sorry to say I didn’t get a picture of her singing Vissi d’arte … I was afraid I might be too distracting!)

Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste Llorca

Silas Elash sang a Dr. Bartolo aria from Barber of Seville:

Silash Elash

Tenor Michael Dailey sang an aria from Barber of Seville as well:

Michael Dailey

And to top off the Barber music, the very entertaining (and new) baritone Torlef Borsting sang Lacto factotum from Barber of Seville:

Torlef Borsting

Silas came out again to sing the “adios coat” aria from Bohemè, and following that Jouvanca and Michael returned to sing the end of act 1 from La Bohemè.

Jouvanca and Michael

I really enjoyed hearing the singers, and I was happy to finally hear the new singers. (Jouvanca and I have communicated a good amount on Facebook, so I feel as if I know her!)

Larry Hancock then spoke about each opera. Man, that guy knows his stuff.

Larry Hancock

The singers sounded great! What a joy to hear them. If I had a better income you can bet I’d be at tomorrow’s event at Cetrella!

I’m no photographer, so I do apologize for the rather amateur photos above. I was, though, pretty happy when I accidentally hit the “stitch” option for the Bohemè picture of Jouvanca and Michael. I realize it’s really for stitching together a bigger scenic sort of picture, but I like how it worked! I’m going to remember that one.

10. July 2010 · Comments Off on “Best Pick Up Lines” …?! · Categories: Read Online

Yes. I was at a site where I should be reading “best pick up lines”. No, I wasn’t looking for pick up lines. I landed there because of the oboe reference found there. So what did I read? This:

I have played violin for 10 years, piano for 4 years, flute for 2 years, and I can also play viola because it’s so similar to violin. I love the sound of cello and bassoon though, and guitar’s awesome and convenient. Is it hard to pick guitar and cello up with my prior instrumental background? Would I need lessons, or can I just learn these based on my prior knowledge of violin, viola, and chords/music theory?

I play all the instruments you do, plus the brasses and oboe/English horn, but I’m betting I’m quite a bit older. I think being a jack of all trades is immense fun, and I love it when I’m called to sub in a group on, for example, euphonium, when my degree is in violin.

However, for cello….I’d suggest a few lessons because the left hand position is quite different from violin/viola, the vibrato technique is different, and the bow hold is quite different. It takes a lot more strength to play cello.

Bassoon is a big pain in my opinion, but that doesn’t mean *you* shouldn’t play it! There are elbendy-seven different fingerings for some of the notes, and the thumbs get a major workout. I agree it is a cool sounding instrument.

I always recommend a few lessons at the begininng with a competent teacher, to keep you from getting way off on technique that keeps you from progressing. Much better to spend some time and money up front so you get started right.

10. July 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Videos

Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen
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